“Boeing failed in its design and development of the Max, and the Federal Aviation Agency failed in its oversight of Boeing and its certification of the aircraft,” concludes the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s 238-page report. A 737 Max operated by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff in Indonesia in October 2018, taking 189 lives. Five months later, an Ethiopian Airlines jet with 157 passengers and crew augered into the earth six minutes into its flight from Addis Ababa. . In both the fatal Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines flights, pilots wrestled with the new computer system, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, that wasn’t on previous versions of the 737.”The problem is it was ‘complaint’ and not safe – and people died,” Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., the committee’s chairman, said in a brief statement to reporters.
The committee also found fault with the FAA. Its actions involving the plane’s certification to fly were “grossly insufficient” and that it “failed in its duty to identify key safety problems and to ensure that they were adequately addressed during the certification process.” The report on the 18-month investigation, published Wednesday by the House Transportation Committee, charges in a new level of detail that the plane-maker intentionally downplayed the significance of the MCAS computerized flight-control system. Investigators wrote that they had “documented several instances” of Boeing employees failing “to disclose important information to the FAA. The FAA did not immediately comment on the report. The grounded Max is in the final phases of testing before airlines can once again use it to carry passengers. , Boeing dropped the “Max” branding when referring to the specific plane variant, simply calling it the “737-8,” rather than the “737 Max 8.